Sydney Zoo WELCOME TO - A unique animal encounter and educational experience

 
Sydney Zoo WELCOME TO - A unique animal encounter and educational experience
WELCOME TO
Sydney Zoo
Australia’s most
advanced zoo
in the heart of
Western Sydney

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Sydney Zoo WELCOME TO - A unique animal encounter and educational experience
Sydney Zoo would like to
                                               acknowledge the Darug people,

Introduction
                                             who are the traditional custodians
                                                 of the land on which it will be
                                                built. We would also like to pay
A world class zoo that is set to be one of      respect to Elders both past and
Western Sydney’s main attractions.             present of the Darug nation and
                                                  extend that respect to other
Embracing technology and innovation                     Aboriginal people also.
to improve animal welfare, visitor
engagement and education.

Set to become one of Australia’s major
family attractions, the zoo will exhibit a
wide range of iconic animal species. By
using modern exhibit design, advanced
behavioural enrichment methods,
technology, water features and elevated
boardwalks Sydney Zoo will offer the
highest standards of animal welfare,
while offering an immersive, safari-like
experience for visitors.

Sydney Zoo will complement other
local attractions and work with them
to contribute to growing the emerging
tourism cluster of Western Sydney.

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Delivery team
Board of Directors                                                                                                           Advisory Council

John Burgess           Jake Burgess        David Hammon       John Harvey        Peter Ivany, AM       Richard Kovacs          Hon. Robert Webster
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN     MANAGING DIRECTOR   NON-EXECUTIVE      NON-EXECUTIVE      NON-EXECUTIVE         NON-EXECUTIVE           CHAIRMAN
                                           DIRECTOR           DIRECTOR           DIRECTOR              DIRECTOR

Animal Welfare Committee                                      Animal Collection and Curatorial Staff

Peter Clark            Dr Derek Spielman   Craig Sowden       Rick Webb           Liz Romer             Lisa Christie       Craig Sowden
DIRECTOR FOR LIFE      SENIOR LECTURER,    GENERAL MANAGER,   SENIOR CURATOR,     ANIMAL COLLECTION     EXHIBITED ANIMALS   GENERAL MANAGER,
SCIENCES ZOOS SOUTH    VETERINARY          LIFE SCIENCES      SYDNEY ZOO          CO-ORDINATOR,         COMPLIANCE,         LIFE SCIENCES
AUSTRALIA              PATHOLOGY SYDNEY    SYDNEY ZOO                             SYDNEY ZOO            SYDNEY ZOO          SYDNEY ZOO
                       UNIVERSITY

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Sydney Zoo’s mission is to develop
                                                                                                                       and operate a world class zoo. It will

   Governance and regulation                                                                                            actively promote animal conservation
                                                                                                                       and deliver unforgettable experiences
                                                                                                                                 between people and animals.

              BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                      ADVICE                ADVISORY COUNCIL

              Sydney Zoo Strategic direction and objectives                                 Independent expertise and advice to Board

              Policies and processes                                 REPORTING              Strategic direction, community engagement
                                                                                            and social programs
              Accountable for all Sydney Zoo outcomes

              ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE

              Independent committee of animal experts

              Oversight of all aspects of animal care and welfare

              Direct Board reporting                                             External Oversight
                                                                                                WSPT Lease
                                                                                                Agreement                                                                                                          EAPA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Approvals        Animals Settled
                                                                                                                                EIS Lodged (NOV)
                                                                                                                                                          EAPA Application
                                                                                          WSPT                          Design/Community                                                                     Development       Construction
                                                                                          Public Tender                 and Stakeholder                                                EAPA                  Consent           Complete
                                                                                                                        Engagement                             ZZA Membership          Approval

              MANAGEMENT AND CURATORIAL STAFF                                                                                                                                                                                                 SYDNEY ZOO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OPERATIONS

              Multi-disciplinary team comprised of animal welfare,                            Western Sydney Parklands Trust Approval and Oversight                                                                                                    Ongoing

OVERSIGHT     collections and conservation experts
                                                                                              NSW Planning Legislation

              Responsible and accountable for all day to day                                  Zoo Industry                                                                                                                                             Ongoing

              operations                                                                                      Non-Indigenous Animals
                                                                                                              Act Committee

                                                                                              NSW Exhibited Animal Protection Act and the Non-Indigenous Animals Advisory Committee                                                                    Ongoing

                                                                                           SYDNEY ZOO BOARD

                                                                                              SYDNEY ZOO: Internal Approvals, Policies and Processes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Continuous
                                                                                                                                                                                       SYDNEY ZOO: Board Advisory Council                              and Ongoing
                                                                                                                                                                                       SYDNEY ZOO: Animal Welfare Committee

                                                                                   2014                          2015                              2016                         2017

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Design: What makes
Sydney Zoo unique
Sydney Zoo will bring visitors closer
to animals than ever before. Cleverly
designed exhibit boundaries will
disappear as visitors walk through
a series of landscapes naturally
designed for visitors and animals
alike.
A safe and exciting environment is ensured to
promote high levels of visitor engagement and
to foster a positive learning environment.

•   Elevated boardwalks give you a giraffe’s
    eye-view
                                                Connecting visitors
•   Cleverly concealed water features and       with animals
    carefully designed terrain ensure an
    immersive experience

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Design:
Core offerings
The development of Sydney Zoo will provide the families of    E L E VATE D
Western Sydney with a major attraction, unlike any other in   WA L K WAY S &
Australia.                                                    boardwalks
                                                              across the African grasslands exhibit
                                                              to provide a tree tops perspective.

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                                                                                              crocodiles and

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                                                                                              the water.              animals
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                                                              educational shows
                                                                                        AND OTHER
Intelligent exhibit design
will hide fencelines                                                                    EXHIBITIONS                   &      nocturnal animals house
                                                                                                                       utilising leading exhibit design methods.

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Design:
Outstanding
aesthetic for
immersive visitor
experience

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Design:
Environmentally
sensitive
•   Solar Energy – Sydney Zoo is aiming to
    become the world’s first energy independent
    zoo through the development of a solar power
    network

•   Water Sensitive Urban Design – Sydney Zoo
    will capture and recycle storm water runoff for
    use in moats, gardens, toilets and animal wash
    down, dramatically reducing the potable water
    usage

•   Towards Zero Waste Strategy – Sydney Zoo
    will aim to compost all animal and food waste
    and recycle all packaging waste

•   Green Space – Sydney Zoo will retain and
    enhance the riparian bush corridor and
    remaining Cumberland Plains Woodland on site

•   Research – Sydney Zoo is already working
    with Western Sydney University to develop
    several on-going research projects in the fields
    of energy efficiency, water management,
    animal welfare and bush regeneration/wildlife
    management

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TBA                          Restaurant

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                                                                                      Show &
                                                                                     education
                                                                                       Area

Design:
Education Precincts                                                       Australian Animals
We have divided the species into a regional display                       • Emus
strategy that allows us to form context and a                             • Koalas
narrative around our conservation messaging.                              • Echidnas
                                                                          • Dingoes                                     Key
                                                                                                                        attractions
1. Academic studies have shown that presenting animals in                 • Eastern Grey Kangaroos
   naturalistic habitats is key to achieving positive engagement with     • Bush Tailed Rock Wallabies
   our audience and improving learning outcomes
2. A significant part of this is presenting animals in the context of     African                      African          The Sydney Zoo proposal includes
   their biome with other species, rather than as an individual species   Highlands                   Grasslands       approximately 30 exhibits and a
3. Each precinct and zoning will be used to highlight issues specific     • Chimpanzee                 • Lions          variety of animal species such as
   to the region, and then within each region, we will use ambassador     • Lowland Gorillas           • Rhino          highly popular exotic and Australian
   species to highlight specific issues and foster engagement from        • Arboreal Monkeys           • Giraffes       animals. The proposal also includes:
   the general public                                                     • Hamadryas baboons          • Leopards
                                                                                                                        •   Gift shops, restaurants, cafes,
                                                                                                       • Cheetahs
                                                                                                                            kiosks and amenities
                                                                          South East                   • African Wild
                                                                                                         Dogs           •   A show arena, picnic areas,
                                                                          Asian Tropical                                   wetlands, waterways and gardens
                                                                                                       • Zebras
                                                                          • Tigers
                                                                                                       • Hippos         •   Service areas including
                                                                          • Sun Bears
                                                                                                       • Ostriches          administration, curatorial and food
                                                                          • Orangutans                                      preparation, veterinarian space and
                                                                                                       • Antelopes          service yards
                                                                          • Asiatic Elephants
                                                                                                       • Meerkats
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•   Across the road from Blacktown
    International Sports Park

•   Under 5 minutes from Eastern Creek
    Raceway

•   6 minutes from Wet’n’Wild

•   7 minutes from Featherdale Wildlife Park                                                                                                                                        Sydney Zoo is part of the newly opened
•   10 minutes from Sydney International                                                                                                                                                   Bungarribee super park precinct.
    Equestrian Centre
                                                                                                                                        Sydney Zoo will add to the emerging tourism and lifestyle
                                                                                                                                                cluster in the Western Sydney Parklands precinct

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Visitation
•   An estimated 2.3m people live within 20 minutes’
    drive of the site giving many Western Sydney families
    easy access to a world class zoo without having to
    travel to Taronga Zoo.

•   Sydney Zoo will complement other local attractions
    and make a large contribution to the emerging
    tourism cluster of Western Sydney.

•   Sydney Zoo is a founding member of the Western
    Sydney Tourism Alliance, operated by WSBC.

•   Polling in Western Sydney found that 68% of
    respondents would visit a zoo more frequently if a
    major full-service zoo existed in Western Sydney.

•   A world class zoo will provide much needed social and
    recreational infrastructure for the people of Western
    Sydney.

•   Sydney Zoo will contribute to family cohesion,
    improve people’s sense of place, and improve the
    lifestyle of the people of Western Sydney.

•   Sydney Zoo is projecting local visitation of between
    700,000 and 875,000 annually, including 40,000+
    school students.

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Making a difference:
Animal welfare
Animal welfare is our top priority.               •   Animal husbandry practices will introduce
                                                      daily variance to promote natural
Behavioral enrichment is key to                       behaviour and provide mental stimulation
having healthy and engaging animals                   for the animals

that are active and alert.                        •   Sydney Zoo is a member of the industry
                                                      peak body – the Zoo and Aquarium
Enhanced animal welfare provides a                    Association (ZAA) and will be an active
better visitor experience and keeps                   participant in ZAA administered,
                                                      endangered exotic and domestic animal,
people coming back.
                                                      breeding programs
Sydney Zoo will be operating at the               •   Our animal welfare practices will be
gold standard for animal welfare.                     overseen by an external animal welfare
                                                      committee
•   Senior staff are actively involved in
                                                  •   We will practice enhanced enrichment
    industry associations that operate in “best
                                                      including feeding tactics such as coursing
    practice” animal welfare techniques
                                                      and puzzle feeds, and “exhibit excursion”
•   Animal exhibit designs have been planned          opportunities
    to exceed relevant standards by several
                                                  •   All our animals will be sourced from
    times over
                                                      Australian and international zoos
•   Technology will be used for behavioral
    enrichment and improved physical
    conditioning

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Making a
Difference:
Education
Sydney Zoo
believes that the                           Education
mission of zoos
should not just be
about protecting
species but to
                                                        Understanding
educate.                       Protection

We believe that education
promotes awareness and
an affinity with animals,
                                            Affinity
increasing a willingness in
our society to value and
protect animal species.
Encouraging conservation
is our ultimate goal.

Sydney Zoo has an
expected attendance
of 40,000 students
annually.

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Innovative technology
bringing you even closer
Sydney Zoo’s ambition is to be the
most technologically advanced zoo in
Australia.                                          Making a real connection
                                                    with individual animals
Technology will redefine the
                                                    Sydney Zoo is developing
visitor experience and visitors will                apps that connect visitors
experience new paradigms in exhibit                 to individual animals
                                                    through smart devices,
design and interactive learning.                    providing rich content
                                                    on their challenges and
Visitors will take a personalised tour around       successes.
Sydney Zoo with stories about our individual
animals delivered straight to your smart device
in real-time with regular updates, providing an
unrivaled experience.
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                                                  People will be able to
                                                  view animals online
                                                  through live streaming
                                                  so they can continue
                                                  their connection with
                                                  them long after they
                                                  leave the zoo, prompting
                                                  future repeat visits.
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Indigenous
cultural focus
Sydney Zoo is developing an                     Our Aboriginal “ranger program”
                                                will cover:
integrated Aboriginal and natural
heritage program through our                    •   Cultural awareness
Australiana exhibit.                            •   Animal welfare

•   A unique experience delivered through       •   Native planting and bush care
    both guided tours and phone-based app
    technology

•   Focus on the local Darug people of
    Western Sydney

•   Education programs on Sydney’s Aboriginal
    heritage

•   Education programs on Sydney’s natural
    heritage

•   Sydney Zoo has committed to a 10% full
    time equivalent Aboriginal employment
    target

                                                                                    Developing cultural
                                                                                    awareness

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Making a difference:
Conservation
Sydney Zoo is seeking to be leaders               We are preparing a full
in education and conservation                     education program:
                                                  • Interactive and
•   Sydney Zoo will work with international and     interpretive technology
    domestic zoos in breeding programs              based learning for school              “Educating
                                                    students of all ages                and connecting
•   Sydney Zoo will rehabilitate large amounts
                                                                                      people with animals
    of critically endangered Cumberland Plain     • Education programs
                                                                                   is critically important to
    Woodland on-site                                on Sydney’s Aboriginal
                                                                                us. We are designing Sydney
                                                    heritage
•   We are using sustainable building materials                                     Zoo to foster empathy
    and looking to set new benchmarks in          • Education programs on          for animals and support
    energy and water use                            Sydney’s natural heritage     conservation at local and
                                                                                     international levels.”
•   Over time our education programs will focus   • Scholarships through                      – Jake Burgess
                                                                                           Managing Director,
    on conservation issues and reach hundreds       TAFE and UWS
    of thousands of students

•   Breeding Programs – Sydney Zoo is
    a member of the peak body Zoo and
    Aquarium Association (ZAA) and will be
    an active participant in ZAA administered,
    endangered exotic and domestic animal,
    breeding programs
                                                                                                                Learn and interact
                                                                                                                in new ways

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Making a difference:
Community outreach
Sydney Zoo will benefit the western                 •   Sydney Zoo embraces the religious and
                                                        spiritual diversity of the Western Sydney
Sydney and wider NSW community
                                                        community. To support this, we have
Sydney Zoo will establish the Sydney Zoo                planned an on-site multi-faith prayer room
Foundation – a not-for-profit, independent              to allow people to comfortably undertake
entity with Deductible Gift Recipient status            religious observances. Sydney Zoo will be
that will have a mission to promote and support         the only zoo in Sydney to offer this service
conservation and/or community initiatives               to the community

•   Sydney Zoo’s central location and short
    20 minute-drive from Westmead Hospital
    will offer easy access for special needs
    excursions

•   Accessibility – Sydney Zoo has been
    designed with no steps, and the topography
    and gradients of the public areas on-site are
    always less than 1 in 40

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More opportunities
for Western Sydney
More jobs – Approximately 160 new jobs will          Western Sydney deserves the best.
be created in the construction of the zoo and at
least 120 jobs during operation.                     Sydney Zoo will become a core
Increased tourism – Sydney Zoo will become           part of the social and cultural
a major tourism attraction – 45 minutes from         infrastructure of Western Sydney.
Sydney City and 20 minutes from the future
airport at Badgerys Creek.                           A tourism cluster is emerging in
Immersive education – Sydney Zoo is
                                                     Western Sydney. We will work with
partnering with Western Sydney University            other tourism operators in the area
and TAFE NSW on education and conservation           to promote tourism and jobs growth,
programs.
                                                     and development of infrastructure to
Youth employment – Sydney Zoo will offer             support increased visitor growth over
a range of flexibly rostered positions to allow
                                                     time
young people to work and study.
                                                                   WITH          IS ESTIMATED AT
Jobs training – Sydney Zoo is aligning with
TAFE NSW to provide on-going jobs training                    $2.3 MILLION
                                                              ESTIMATED TO BE
                                                                                 $45MILLION
across a diverse range of industries                          SPENT ON TRAVEL     PER YEAR

                                              745,              000             THE TOTAL
                                          ALMOST

                                                                                CONTRIBUTION TO THE   Creating jobs and
                                                                 people                               economic growth
                                                                  per year
                                                                                 NSW
                                                                                 economy

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Partners and
Stakeholders
Sydney Zoo understands the                       Relationships
importance of engaging with                      Sydney Zoo is currently exploring a number of
                                                 partnerships with key organisations in the areas
stakeholders and building
                                                 of animal welfare, education, conservation and
relationships.                                   Aboriginal culture and employment, including:

Stakeholders                                     •   University of Western Sydney – for a
We are engaging widely with government,              centre of excellence in wildlife conservation
industry and community stakeholders.                 research
We are also engaging with the creative digital   •   Faculty of Veterinary Science, The
community to develop zoo technology through          University of Sydney – for veterinary
our interactive website (www.thezoo.sydney)          services, animal nutrition, welfare and
and our recent successful ‘hack-a-thon’ with         behavioral enhancement, wildlife rescue
WSU.                                                 and recovery

                                                 •   Muru Mittigar – Aboriginal culture and
                                                     history, bush planting and recovery

                                                                                                     Greg Simms at a recent
                                                                                                     Sydney Zoo stakeholder
                                                                                                     presentation

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Next steps
Sydney Zoo is ready to commence
construction and is targeting an
opening date of early 2019

             WSPT Lease
             Agreement                                                                                             EAPA
                                                                                                                   Approvals        Animals Located
                                             EIS Lodged (NOV)
                                                                       EAPA Application
       WSPT                           Design/Community                                                         Development     Construction
       Public Tender                  and Stakeholder                                               EAPA       Consent         Complete
                                      Engagement                            ZZA Membership          Approval

                                                                                                                                              SYDNEY ZOO
                                                                                                                                              OPERATIONS

2014                         2015                               2016                         2017

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Vision for
the future
Stage 2&3
Sydney Zoo will continue to invest
and develop over time to maintain
its position as a world class facility.
Options include:

1. New precincts e.g. North American
   Rockies, South American Rainforests,
   Endangered Europe, Galapagos Rarities
2. A world class aquarium
3. Development of a conservation centre
   of excellence with Western Sydney
   University
4. Overnight stays
5. Extension of Indigenous facilities
6. A program of continual renewal and
   animal exchange so that the zoo remains
   a dynamic institution of peak relevance
   and interest to the public

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Thank you
T: 02 9956 6962
E: jake.burgess@thezoo.sydney

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